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Update: Liverpool Beat Manchester United To Boost Final Four Hopes

Liverpool maintained their chances of securing a place in next season's Champions League with a thrilling 2-2 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Jurgen Klopp's men still need to win the remaining three games to secure their place in the top four of the Premier League, but they cleared the biggest hurdle on the road, beating Manchester United for the first time since 2014.

Diogo Jota cancelled out Bruno Fernandes ' home run early in the opener,and Roberto Firmino scored twice at any point in the second half to give the dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Marcus Rashford's strike secured the grandstand finish but Mohamed Salah scored a crucial last-minute victory as Liverpool moved up to fifth in the table.

The clash between English football's two most successful clubs had been postponed 11 days ago when Manchester United fans stormed the pitch and clashed with police during a protest against the club's owners.

A peaceful protest took place just before kick-off as supporters once again expressed their anger at the Glazer family.

Manchester United's involvement in the failed European Premier League (ESL) project has once again provoked the ire of the Americans, which collapsed last month amid strong opposition from fans, players, governments and governing bodies within 48 hours.

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly the two main drivers behind the project, which is trying to secure top European football for 15 founding members each season without the need to compete on the pitch.

Over the past decade, both clubs have at times struggled to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League to secure Champions League football's fortunes.

Manchester United's place in Europe's top club competition next season was guaranteed, although they failed to finish second behind Manchester City on Thursday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 10 changes from Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Leicester to seal Manchester City's title.

The Norwegian restored most of the regular starting line-up for United's fourth game in seven days, but the appearance of Harry Maguire, who missed Manchester United's captain due to an ankle injury, was badly missed.

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In stark contrast to the encounters that both sides have encountered in recent seasons, early goals sparked a wide open game with opportunities at both ends.

Nat Phillips desperately tried to clear the ball within 10 minutes,and Fernandez's shot turned into his own net.

On the other hand, Dean Henderson twice denied Jota's equaliser, while Liverpool (VAR) reviewed it, Eric Bailly's indiscretion challenge to Phillips, Liverpool also imposed a fine.

Phillips did correct his earlier blunder in the equalizer as his shot was equalised by Jota to ensure Liverpool took the lead in first-half stoppage time after Firmino beat Trent Alexander-Arnold's free-kick.

It was Firmino's first goal in 16 consecutive games,and the Brazilian pulled into the second half with two minutes remaining after Henderson could only save Alexander Arnold's shot.

When Jota beats Henderson to beat the post, the visitors should add up to three points.

But Liverpool's defensive problems that plagued their season reappeared at the last minute.

Rashford scored accurately from Edinson Cavani's straight pass to cut United's deficit in half.

Moments later, Phillips had to clear his own line to deny Mason Greenwood's equaliser.

Salah finally eased Liverpool's nerves in the 90th minute as he sprinted clear to send home his 30th goal of the season.

Now, the Reds need wins against West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace in the next 10 days to secure their fifth consecutive season in the Champions League.

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